Across the United States, fare-free public transport unexpectedly gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 11 cases of full FFPT existed before 2020. As the pandemic unfolded, FFPT evolved from a relatively fringe policy to a “best practice” applied by transit agencies in response to COVID-19. More than 60% of urban public transit agencies suspended fare collection during the pandemic. This report traces this transformation.
We’re delighted to share a new publication emerging from LiFT. Louise Sträuli and Wojciech Kębłowski wrote together an article published in Urban Studies titled ‘The gates of paradise are open’: Contesting and producing publicness in the Brussels metro through fare evasion.